Do you have a case of Wimbledon fever? We’ve got just the remedy

Today marks the start of Wimbledon, the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. Whether you’re a tennis fan or not, it’s the one tennis competition that grips the nation from start to finish each year and conjures up everything that I love about summer in the UK. Strawberries and cream. Pimms. Crisp tennis whites.

Tennis for Tots is a great introduction to tennis for under 5s
Tennis for Tots is a great introduction to tennis for under 5s
Tennis for Tots is a great introduction to tennis for under 5s
Tennis for Tots is a great introduction to tennis for under 5s

Then, of course, there’s the anticipation and occasion of it all, which reached new heights last summer. Indeed, little less than a year ago the nation watched, with baited breath, as our very own Andy Murray served up a victory to become the first British winner of the men’s singles title since 1936.

If you’re visiting Center Parcs this summer, we have everything you’ll need to get into that winning Wimbledon spirit.

Taste of tennis
I’ll take any excuse to indulge in a bowl of juicy strawberries and luscious cream. And during Wimbledon, it’s practically compulsary. If you’re in need of some pre-match snacks for your Lodge, ParcMarket is the perfect place to get stocked up. Why not add a bottle of Champagne or prosecco to your tennis-themed evening? After all, Wimbledon only comes round once a year!

Elsewhere at Center Parcs, in dedication to all things British, The Pancake House will be serving up a special summer Eton Mess Pancake Stack. The stack of pancakes topped with a strawberry compote, whipped cream and crushed meringue make it perfect for this time of year.

Mini Murrays
If you and your family feel a case of Wimbledon fever coming on, we have just the remedy. Indoor and outdoor tennis courts are available to book for hire, as well as rackets and balls, which can be booked online ahead of your break or at a booking point on the Village.

If you want to encourage your little ones to become mini Murrays, Tennis for Tots is a fantastic introduction to the sport. Aimed at children aged 3-5, the parent-accompanied session lasts for 30 minutes and is a fun way to pick up the basics. According to Jake Barnard, activities assistant at Elveden Forest, it’s suitable for all abilities: “Lots of children have never played tennis before but it doesn’t matter,” he says. “Tennis for Tots gives children a taste for the sport without being intimidating. We use short tennis courts with soft balls and smaller rackets, so it’s really good opportunity to work on basic techniques.

“In each session we work on their grips and hand-eye co-ordination before moving on to shots, with the help of their parent, and then get out onto the court. Children of all abilities come to try it out; by the end of the session I work to ensure everyone is achieving a forehand volley over the net and that they understand the basic rules.”

Wimbledon matches will be shown at Sports Café from June 23 to July 6.

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Amy Dickson

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As Brand Content Manager I plan, create and curate the best articles, photos, videos and music for our channels, in particular the blog. With a degree in Journalism under my belt and many years’ experience in the big smoke as a journalist and editor, my focus is firmly on discovering the little gems hidden away in Center Parcs life, before buffing them up to make them sparkle online. From on-village events to the latest travel industry trends, I’ll be there – notepad in hand – to bring you the most entertaining and interesting stories.